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May 18, 2009

So, why did FCR's Gilmartin give mayoral candidate Thompson $400?

Atlantic Yards Report

In the season's first report of campaign contributions, there are only six contributions from Forest City Ratner employees, to six different candidates in city political races, and the contributions are relatively small. So there's no reason to think it's a coordinated effort.

But the most curious contribution is $400 from MaryAnne Gilmartin, who heads the Atlantic Yards project, to Democrat Bill Thompson, the mayoral candidate and current Comptroller.
So, was the contribution to Thompson just a courtesy? A personal connection of some sort? An insurance policy? A belief that he was the frontrunner at the time?

I have to think Bloomberg--who's been vastly outspending his potential rivals--will forgive her.


NoLandGrab: Typically Forest City Ratner is brilliant at making political calculations, but blogger Michael D.D. White recently pointed out that Bloomberg is not always so forgiving.

Posted by lumi at May 18, 2009 6:12 AM